Robbie Keane and the Top 5 British and Irish Footballers to Play in America

Will Tidey@willtideySenior Manager, GlobalAugust 15, 2011

Robbie Keane and the Top 5 British and Irish Footballers to Play in America

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    Robbie Keane has become the latest footballer to cross the Atlantic for the MLS after completing a £3.5 million move from Tottenham to LA Galaxy today.

    The Republic of Ireland striker will join David Beckham and Landon Donovan at Galaxy, as one of three designated players at the franchise.

    "I have always wanted to come and play in MLS so it's the perfect combination for me and a dream come true," Keane said. "When David Beckham came and trained at Spurs recently he couldn't speak highly enough about the Galaxy, their fans and the league in general, so I can't wait to get over and get started."

    The question is, where does Keane feature in a top five of British and Irish exports to America?

5. Robbie Keane

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    Robbie Keane's career peaked during his first spell at Tottenham, from 2002-08, where he twice scored over 20 goals in a Premier League season.

    It was that form that earned Keane a lucrative move to Liverpool, but he was back less than a year later after a disappointing few months at Anfield.

    Since then, Keane has twice been sent out on loan—to Celtic and West Ham—and fallen out of favor with Spurs manager Harry Redknapp.

    LA Galaxy have offered him an escape route, and you get the feeling Keane will be desperate to prove the critics wrong with a prolific few seasons in the MLS.

4. Rodney Marsh

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    Rodney Marsh was a superbly gifted striker who earned a reputation as one of the game's true mavericks.

    Towards the end of a career that peaked at Queens Park Rangers and Manchester City, Marsh headed stateside to join the Tampa Bay Rowdies. He would make over 100 appearances for them, scoring over 50 times.

3. David Beckham

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    In 2007, David Beckham joined LA Galaxy from Real Madrid in a deal said to be worth $250 million.

    The former Manchester United midfielder was, at the time, arguably the most famous footballer on the planet.

2. Bobby Moore

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    The late, great Bobby Moore wound down his playing career with stints at San Antonio Thunder and Seattle Sounders.

    Arguably the greatest English defender of them all, Moore captained England to World Cup glory in 1966 and remains immortal to fans of both the national side and his beloved West Ham.

1. George Best

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    Arguably the most gifted footballer ever to grace England's top flight, George Best stopped by Los Angeles Aztecs, Fort Lauderdale Strikers and San Jose Earthquakes on the downward spiral of a career that was cruelly cut short by alcoholism.

    He was a pale imitation of the man who led Manchester United to European Cup glory in 1968, but he still managed to score one the greatest solo goals of them all. Take a look if you need convincing.

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